I’m 16 weeks pregnant, is it safe to scrub my shower with a cleanser containing bleach, or with bleach spray?”
While you don’t want to get cleanser on your skin, or in your eyes, nose or mouth (or on your clothes), of course, scrubbing a grimy shower or sink with some cleanser on a sponge while wearing gloves is not going to do you or your fetus any harm. If cleanser does get on your skin, just wash it off quickly with water. And make sure the room is well-ventilated before you start scrubbing- the fumes from the cleanser may make you feel dizzy or queasy.
You can also make a safe and cheap scouring cleanser at home by mixing 1 ⅔ cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with ½ cup of any liquid soap.
What you never want to do: mix a cleaner containing bleach with vinegar, or bleach with ammonia. Combing these ingredients can release a toxic gas that can be deadly to breathe. Check the labels on cleaners labeled as “multi-purpose” before you let them mix with anything else.
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